Dining, Restaurants in Seaside, Oregon and Gearhart
It’s here where candy stuffs and fast foods rule the "Million Dollar Walk" of Broadway, but there’s so much more lurking in the town’s culinary roster. Ethnic foods from various lands, gourmet markets, and other cutting edge opps for the foodie are now popping up all over, and the town’s dining landscape is actually brimming with such restaurants.
Seafood, of course, is a big staple in Seaside, and then there’s the quiet class of some of other eatery possibilities. There’s even some monstrous gourmet ice cream to top off your north Oregon coast experience.
Bell Buoy of Seaside/ Buoy's Best Fish House. That ancient sign - that quaint bit of old time Americana on the roadside of 101 in Seaside - is also a signpost to great grub. It's famous as a fresh seafood market, but in recent years Bell Buoy added a much-lauded restaurant: Bell Buoy's Best Fish House. There, you can grab all manner of seafood melts, cocktails, shooters and baskets of yummy stuff. Let your tummy bask in the warm glow of excellent melts with local Dungeness crab, shrimp, smoked salmon and oysters, as well as delicious seafood cocktails of a large variety. All is quite reasonably priced. And whatever you do, DON'T miss their tuna melts! 1800 S. Roosevelt Dr., Seaside, Oregon. (503) 738-6348. You can order this yummy stuff online as well, at www.bellbuoyofseaside.com.
Zinger's Homemade Ice Cream. Dive into scrumptious homemade ice cream - plus they make their own fudge. Of note is their take on chocolate with malted milk balls in it. It's quite a mouthful. Or the powerful fresh fruit taste of the marionberry, using real Marion County berries. Also spectacular are the other fruit flavors, such as the tangy (and very real) strawberry, and the seriously wowing (but only periodically available) mango. All the fruity ones have chunks of the real thing inside, waiting to surprise. Sugar free and diabetic options are available, but mostly Zinger's specializes in frozen excess. Singles are actually the size of two scoops and doubles - well, they're twice as large. 210 Broadway. Seaside, Oregon. (503) 738-3939. www.zingersicecream.com
Dining Nearby – Restaurants in Cannon Beach and Nehalem
Fultano's Pizza. Gourmet Italian and a Family Price. This one delivers to local hotels, and they feature slices for lunch. There's a special thin crust recipe that's especially tasty, crunchy and yet still tender in a way that manages to combine both those latter qualities seamlessly.
There are many of the standbys, as well as gourmet varieties like the Margherita (garlic and herb olive oil, three cheeses, red onion and more), a Greek-themed specialty, a Goat Cheese pizza, and specialties with Teriyaki Chicken, Linguica, BBQ Chicken and a variety of seafood selections. One item features a distinctive sausage with mashed grapes for the sauce, providing a subtle, sweet tang. The sausage is spicy and zippy, making a nice balance to the slight sweetness.
One must-try is their pasta (about $10). They have a homemade tomato sauce that stacks up against anything Europe could dish out. This is one stunning, mother-of-all sauces, and their penne pasta with meatballs is a seriously addictive dish. 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street. www.CBfultanos.com (503) 436-9717. (15 mins drive from Seaside, Oregon)
Stephanie Inn Dining Room. Four-star restaurant inside hotel. Soaring wood ceiling accentuated by a chandelier, w/ historic atmosphere. Seating times and days change seasonally and reservations are required. $59 per person for a masterful four-course prix fixe dinner in an innovative Northwest cuisine style, featuring fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Their wine list has numerous awards from Wine Spectator Magazine. The menu changes nightly. Sample menu: Tomato Basil Soup with gorgonzola cream; Seared Beef Tenderloin with Duchess potatoes, grilled onions and peppercorn reduction sauce. 2740 South Pacific. Cannon Beach (five mins drive from Seaside, Oregon). 800-633-3466. www.stephanieinn.com
Public Coast Brewing Co. OPENING SPRING 2016 will serve up tasty original craft beers, great food and provide warm and efficient service in a top-quality family-friendly environment. Home to the former Lumberyard Restaurant, the space is currently being transformed into a fully operational brewery. The lineup will include house-brewed craft beer and root beer along with a good selection of other carefully selected beers on tap. The coastal Northwest inspired menu will reach beyond the typical pub grub: a variety of locally caught fish & chips; hand-pattied beef burgers; homemade sausages and fresh salads. Counter-style quick service ordering keeps things moving. Grab a tasting tray as you wait for your meal. Ample indoor seating with seasonal patio, wrap-around bar and large windows onto the beer making process, and a kid’s play area make Public Coast a great spot for families and beer fans alike. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-436-0285.
The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge. Legendary upscale classic, ocean view. Breakfast $6 to $15 range. Lunch: appetizers; large sandwiches include meats, seafoods and burger around $13. Tacos, filet and fries, wild forest mushroom and cheese ravioli. Dinner includes potato crusted halibut cranberry and brown butter sauce, a cedar planked honey mustard salmon, steamer clams - $25 to $30. Filet mignon, steaks, wild mushroom chicken. 1190 Pacific Drive. Cannon Beach (five mins drive from Seaside, Oregon). 503-436-1108. www.wayfarer-restaurant.com/
San Dune Pub. With a historical, even slight maritime vibe, the San Dune Pub is a classy staple among locals, regulars and tourists alike. A super friendly staff serves up fine microbrews as well as scrumptious grub in the American and seafood vein with homemade sauces. Appetizers in the $3 - $9 range include hummus, cheese bread, various tots/fries, hot wings or calamari. Plenty of burgers in varied incarnations like chili, bacon, cheese, teriyaki, BBQ, chipotle, veggie or chicken come with tons of interesting additions. Got seafood? There’s strips, chips, burgers, tacos and more with fishies or oysters. Wraps and ciabatta sandwiches around $8 include chicken, Caesar, pesto, turkey and bacon/swiss, among others. Soups and salads abound. Less than ten minutes from the surfing paradise of Short Sands, weekends abound with live music frivolity. 127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, Oregon. 503-386-5080. www.sandunepub.com (25 mins drive from Seaside)
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